I returned to Norfolk today a bit zonked. It was, however, good to get home where a Blue Jay was bathing in our bird bath (Charles Harper web snatch). I celebrated by taking a little snooze since my day had started at 4:30am with the airport shuttle in Ft. Lauderdale. This coming Saturday David Clark, Andrew Baldelli, and I will also have an early start, this time on Virginia's Eastern Shore as part of CVWO's fundraiser, the Kiptopeke Challenge. I hope you've made a pledge or have contributed to CVWO by clicking on the link in the upper left of this blog and following the directions there. I don't think I'll get any new birds during the day to increase my year's list (except maybe the White-cheeked Pintail, if I choose to count it), but it will be a fun day and we plan to obtain a good count. Dare I hope for over 130! That might happen if Mr. Weather gives us a break this year and drops a big wave of migrants. That would be fun to sort through all those birds. Tomorrow I'm finalizing my plans for the couple of weeks after the Challenge. It will involve a multi-day pelagic out of San Diego and possibly a run to Alaska to see the Ross's Gull migration at Barrow, if I can find the airline miles to cash in.